Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltepetl)

 Pico de Orizaba guided tours

Expeditions departing from Puebla or Mexico City

All you need: Mountain guides, transport, accommodation…


The Pico de Orizaba (5610 m – 18.400 ft), or Citlaltepetl in Azteca is the highest mountain in Mexico and third in the North American.

Climbing Pico de Orizaba is a unique experience. Feeling on top of Mexico, the sensation of an incredible view where anything on sight is thousands of miles away and below, is for sure a must do if you like high mountains. When the weather is clear enough, you can catch sight of the Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles away.


Our Service:

Local Agency:  Qualified guides with over 100 summits, real mexican experience while with us, and because we are local, that means cheaper for you.

Transport: All ground transport from airport, M茅xico or Puebla Cities to Pico de Orizaba, or just 4×4 if you prefer to get to the mountain on your own.

Accommodation: We can arrange all accommodation during your climbing trip in nice and strategic locations to make things easier for you, and for all budgets

Meals: All food and purified water in the mountains included.

Staff: Professional local and international guides, camp assistants, cook, etc. We are a team that for long have been working together to give you a better service.

Included gear in all packages: Crampons, Ice Axe, helmet, harness, carabineers and hiking poles always included so you don’t have to carry them all the way to Mexico.

Rentals: Do you lack any of the not included gear? we can also arrange that for you.

Insurance:  mountaineering insurance for summit days.



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  • 5 star review  Excellent and motivating guides, fantastic service & unforgettable memories! I will always remember the weekends with you and the incredible feeling of standing on the top of Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccíhuatl, Nevado de Toluca, Sierra Negra & Malinche. Thank you so much for the great experiences, all the support and always making me feel safe - 100% recommendable!

    Nicola Neumann Avatar Nicola Neumann
    21 May, 2018

    5 star review  Excelente servicio . Muy profesionales en todo sentido, además de que están muy pendientes de la buena preparación y estado antes y durante el recorrido de cada participante (salud, equipo, comidas, etc) son muy flexibles para adaptarse a las circunstancias que puedan presentarse y asegurar que tanto los que pueden lleguen con guía a la cima como lo que se ven imposibilitados aprovechen el máximo de su experiencia y regresen de manera segura y acompañados por un guía más a la base. Los guías son muy profesionales en su trabajo y la organización también excelente.

    Guillermo Román Avatar Guillermo Román
    9 April, 2018

    5 star review  Super profesionales, organizados, atención todo el tiempo, mi hija Lucia esta muy feliz de haber vivido esa experiencia con ustedes

    Lily Karam Avatar Lily Karam
    3 April, 2018
  • 5 star review  Gracias por la experiencia, por el apoyo, por una gran aventura, por ser unos grandes guías y llevarnos adelante en todos los sentidos

    Felipe Alejandro Avatar Felipe Alejandro
    26 February, 2018

    5 star review  Best hiking agency experience so far. Professional and motivating guides, excellent equipment and very well organized. We did the 2 nights & 3 days tour to the Iztaccihuatl and we were glad to do it with 3Summits. They gave us all needed equipment (from tent to clothes to boots) for free and even brought us missing stuffs from the town when we were in the base camp. The communication could not have been better and the price is very fair for that. High recommendation!

    Tui Vu Avatar Tui Vu
    8 December, 2017

    5 star review  Such an incredible and amazing experience. The guides were great, we felt safe during the entire hike and the food was good! I totally recommend doing the guided hikes with 3summits adventures. Easy communication and a lot of fun 馃檪

    Lisa Geiss Avatar Lisa Geiss
    3 December, 2017
  • 5 star review  Excelente guianza y organización, muy atentos en todos los sentidos y bastante responsables y al pendiente de todos y cada uno de los interesados en llegar a la cumbre.

    Alejandro Arz Avatar Alejandro Arz
    23 November, 2017

    5 star review  What a experience! Very professional guides, we felt very safe and it was absolutely worth it. I can highly recommend 3 Summits with its amazing guides and perfect organisation!

    Jonas Schmid Avatar Jonas Schmid
    13 November, 2017

    5 star review  We did a 3 day and 2 night trip on the Iztaccíhuatl and we could not have had better guides than Álvaro, Elisa and Christian - thank you so much!! The organisation and communication before the trip was nearly perfect and very professional! The food and especially the hot tea was really good as well and gave us plenty of energy. 馃檪 Most importantly, we felt very secure the whole time and Álvaro was very patient with us and still pushed us to our limits so we made it to the summit!! Thanks for everything, that was an amazing experience! 馃檪

    Friederike Franke Avatar Friederike Franke
    12 November, 2017
  • 5 star review  Perfect organized trip to Izta, very professional and super nice guides. It was painful but it was totally worth it!

    Timo Linnemann Avatar Timo Linnemann
    11 November, 2017


Pico de Orizaba Gallery

Subida al Pico de Orizaba
Cordada en el Pico de Orizaba 2
Caminando por el crater Pico de Orizaba
En el glaciar de Jamapa Pico de Orizaba
Cruz en la cumbre del Pico de Orizaba
Celebrando Cumbre en el Pico de Orizaba
Amaneciendo en el Pico de Orizaba
En la cumbre del Pico de Orizaba



The Climb

To reach the summit, a perfectly shaped crater 300 m depth (985 ft) and between 410-480 m wide on tope (1345-1575 ft), you will have to climb the 700 m (2300 ft) Jamapa glacier with permanent snows. Just below the glacier, as an entrance to the magnificence of the mountain, the labyrinth, this will challenge all your orientation skills.

The climb usually begins between 12 and 2 am therefore, you have to know your way around to get through the labyrinth.

By sunrise average climbers are usually at the end of the labyrinth or already on the glacier.

The climb can be divided into two major sections: Before the glacier and during the glacier both taking approximately the same time.


To take into consideration

To summit Pico de Orizaba you must be in a good physical condition and your body acclimatization process must be properly carried out.

Acording to your experience, your acclimatization, your time, etc. we will suggest yout the best itinerary for you to maximize your summit options.

You’re not sure how to train for this mountain? Just ask us and we’ll help you during your training.

We run locally and with full time professional guides, what means that prices are always lower than in your home country.


About our climbing team

Our guides have succesfully guided in mexico mountains hundreds of times. Of course when not working we like going to other countries to challenge ourselves both in mountaineering and rock climbing, we have experience in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

In addition, our guides have the following international backing in knowledge and practices in high mountains:

– Training in Mountaineering and Mountain Rescue techniques taught by instructors from the AGMP (Mountain Guides Association of Peru and Ecuador) belonging to and with UIAGM standards (International Union of Mountain Guides Associations).

– International First Aid Certification in remote places given by ECSI (Emergency Care & Safty Institue). WFR.

– We all speak English and Spanish. Some even Fench.

In Mexico there is no official mountain guides certifications, so we do our best to catch up with international standards.


More about Pico de Orizaba…

Pico de Orizaba or Citlaltepetl in Azteca language (Citlal-star and teptl-mountain or hill “mountain of the star”) with an altitude of 5636 meters (18.490 ft) is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third of North America after Denali (or McKinley ) (6.190 m – 20.308 ft) in Alaska and Mt Lougan (5.959 m – 19.50 ft) in Canada. Its shape is a typical volcanic cone having its north face permanently covered by an ancient glacier. Undoubtedly, it is one of the many high altitude-climbers goals.

Geologically It is part of two orographic systems: The cordillera Neovolc谩nica, to which also belong Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl and the Sierra Madre Oriental, that runs from the Rio Grande to the center of the state of Veracruz and more or less parallel to the Gulf of Mexico. It is also a natural border between the states of Puebla and Veracruz.

The first documented exploration dates from 1839 by Enrique Galeotti and its first documented summit was in 1848 by French alpinist Alejandro Doignon


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